We actually invite you to revolutionize the homeopathic education by making it
- the most exciting & lively,
- based on direct experiencing rather than intellectual knowledge,
- hundreds of times more effective, especially for handling chronic cases,
- highly systematic and yet spontaneous
- simple & natural – almost too simple for the smart guys,
- shareable directly as mutual experiences, not through words or scriptures,
- authentic & deep as never before,
- finite & yet endless,
- ultimate, actually.
Such learning happens mainly through THE LISTENING SESSIONS as we call them. These are like 1) a series of group provings, 2) remedy manufacturing/ trituration practices, 3) consultation process, 4) testing techniques, 5) bioresonance strategies, 6) deep & healing remedy experiences, 7) self exploration through meditation and 8) awareness fused into one intense session.
But the most important aspect is that such listening sessions we have with friends, students and colleagues are devoted primarily to “knowing thyself” and NOT FOR EXPLORING THE REMEDIES. When eventually remedies become transparent (see Phases of Sensory Perception of Homeopathic Remedies) they facilitate the process of self-exploration greatly, but without intervening or adding something remedial.
Imagine our remedies are mirrors to explore ourselves or windows to look at others. Sometimes they serve in a landscape mode giving us an overall view and sometimes they show particular details like a high resolution microscope. Ideally these mirrors, windows, microscopes, etc. should be transparent, i.e. we shouldn’t see the glass when looking through a window.
Paradoxically, removing the remedies from the equation while experiencing them results to the most authentic, natural and effective version of provings ever practiced.
Well, homeopaths build their opinions on reading old scriptures. They know how authentic proving sessions should look like. But if we truly listen, we do not know anymore. Having gone through some 10.000 – 20.000 of such proving experiences together with my colleagues and patients I haven’t experienced anything twice. Each time even with the same remedy these are fresh unique sensations, stillness, etc. touching something very deep in our hearts.
Listening/proving sessions may become the essential tool for LEARNING the Yin side of Homeopathy – something that homeopaths have been missing from the very beginning. Isn’t it amazing, that
Listening sessions appear to be extremely similar to the consultation process of handling chronic cases!
So we sit together with our students or colleagues, we listen to the remedies, we get unforgettable live experiences, we have fun of exploring our selves to the deepest extent, but at the same time we are learning how to take a case!
The only difference is that listening sessions are usually performed in groups:
- In our case these are targeted primarily for holistic practitioners who seek the most effective way to enhance their listening skills by training together.
- But also such sessions are an extraordinary way to spend time with our friends knowing our selves deeper.
- They also may be very helpful for consulting families and pairs for revealing the present interest in these.
- They are awesome tool for working in whatever groups you may think of.
By no means listening sessions are limited to healing. Actually, they serve for those who want to reach the ultimate knowledge of the Self (“knowing thyself” speaking in S. Hahnemann’s terms). Every experience points to You, doesn’t it? If not You – whom else?
Ridiculously, quite few homeopaths enjoy such sessions. They prefer reading about the remedies rather experiencing them live. And they have a good reason for that. Experiencing is going to radically transform your Homeopathy. But first of all it’s going to ruin everything you’ve been taught and thinking about homeopathic remedies!
We wholeheartedly invite you to practice together with us. We’d prefer to meet in real life, have at least of several sessions each day in a row. We start with a compromise though – online zoom meetings. We’ve been doing these quite extensively lately – even consulting our patients. We’ve been quite surprised and the depth that can be achieved through such session.
Ah, perhaps you have a technical question. You’d probably like to ask “How these proving experiences are held online?” What form of remedies do we use?
Well, homeopaths have come to different solutions these days. Some use “digital remedies”, some use audio files (like Source remedies/ former PC resonances), some even experiment with so called paper remedies.
We’re sorry we won’t use any of these options. That comes from deep awareness of what our remedies are not. Again, please see Phases of Sensory Perception of Homeopathic Remedies. We hope you find all the clues for understanding the nature of these.
The Role of Intention
But first of all you are invited to come with an intention. Maybe you have some problems in recognizing certain landscapes, remedy sets, sensations,… All that maybe solved by listening together.
When we meet in group the intentions of participants add together resulting in a certain present interest. So when we sit and listen we are drawn into a particular landscape.
Intention is very important. You bring some question or problem with you to the session. It does not mean we get attached to it: on the contrary, often as we listen, something else gets revealed (highlighted by some remedy). When you become aware of what has been hidden you see the full picture and often you may realize it is the answer to your question. That happens during consultations with our patients quite often.
Actually, the structure and goals of such sessions are similar to the consultation we have with our chronic patients.
Naturally, such sessions are extremely diverse getting in touch with every aspect of Life one can imagine. But there is something that remains the same:
The Circular Structure of the Listening Sessions
“Circular” means that eventually we arrive to the place we’ve started, but we see things from a different perspective now.
By the way, that’s one of the reasons to be extremely aware of what’s going on in the very beginning of a session no matter how insignificant it may seem. We learn to listen from the very start: to hear the words that are said, the themes we talk about, to observe the sensations (including how the surroundings feel), the thought patterns – literally everything has to be in focus.
And then as we travel the path we always remain present, we never shift our attention to past or future. We learn to trust the process by 100%. We do not seek anything, we do not think/analyze, we do not rush anywhere, we remain neutral, we have nothing to achieve, we just follow the present interest that happens spontaneously opens some new landscape and leads us into path we’ve never walked before.
Remedies 1) reveal us the sensations and 2) relieve when we get stuck somewhere. In both cases they show the direction. We recognize the sensations (no thinking is required here) as the signs pointing to stillness.
Each time sensations are different. We can’t learn them. We become aware of them, but we are not interested in them. If you come across the sign pointing to something you seek, you do not explore the sign, don’t you? You explore the direction it shows.
Every sensations is as much important as it shows direction to stillness. When we learn what stillness really is, we understand the true meaning of homeopathic potencies.
Stillness itself has its levels/potencies. The body may become still, but also the consultation room may become such. Ultimately the whole world may stop completely. But then there is Silence which is absolute. There is nothing in Silence, but also there is everything in it.
Ultimately, our main learning happens at such endpoints as James Jealous used to call these. There are no words to define the Silence. It’s because nobody survives there except the Awareness (the very process of perception) itself. But anyway, the more we get immersed in It, the more we develop that attraction to the Health/Totality (it’s like having a compass or seeing a beacon that’s always showing the direction) – up until all our practice and eventually the life becomes soaked in THAT and dissolves completely one day.
It really feels like potentizing ourselves day after day – getting dissolved again and again up until nobody else except the Self, the bare Consciousness without a single attribute is left. It’s actually what the old alchemists have been searching for (only it has nothing to do with “matter”, energies, altered states or anything else – it has nothing to do with anything at all!):
Such “freedom” may take years of everyday practice to happen. It doesn’t even happen. It’s already here and now as an ultimate Reality even if we are not aware of It.
Actually, we learn “Only don’t know!” that used to be the main teaching of Zen Master Seung Sahn. We walk without knowing the direction. We choose and manufacture the remedies without knowing what they are for and get surprised by sensations and landscapes they reveal. (That’s why we consider our sessions as provings and not a prescribing).
We are so used to make notes about sensations in our minds that stillness appears pretty extraordinary (it’s usually ignored by homeopaths as it can’t be found in repertories) and we are not aware of the Silence at all. Nothingness/ Emptiness seems to be not attractive for us at all. At least until one day we meet It and literally fall in love with It.
During the listening session the journey from 0° to 360° usually takes about 2 hours. The path is different each time though. Remedies are different. And even if they happen to repeat, they are perceived in a different way. Sensations are always different. Also, the sequence of remedies may different. The stillness is going to feel different. But the Silence is always the same. Beacon is the same.
But the structure of a session remains similar. And yes, we may add an extra hour to some theme or aspect we dedicate the session and try to explore a bit longer.
So yes, despite traveling full circle each time we’ll try to make our sessions thematic. Each session should be dedicated to some segment of the circle (e.g., 1-40°) approached from several perspectives:
- bodies/levels and corresponding remedy sets,
- the stages like fulcrum, the cause, health, Totality and rebalancing,
- the width and depth of our awareness of the process happening,
- the relationship with our remedies,
So if we meet twice a month and each time we take some 20° segment we should make a full circle in 9 months (20°x2x9=360°). Then we have one extra month for Q&A, spending a good time together, exploring something extraordinary and then we go for summer vacation. That’s a plan for an each study year.
When a second year begins, we start from 0° again. This time we go deeper, but we also welcome the newcomers giving them our support. At some point you may find out you learn more when you share with newcomers. And that continues from year to year until one day you find yourself at 0°/360°. Here your learning is over and Homeopathy becomes Present in your world.
Yes, our own professional and spiritual growth undergoes the same circular path. But instead several hours it may take many years to make a full circle and reach the 0°/360° point where there is no difference between the Master and the beginner anymore (they both do not know, except the Master is extremely comfortable with that).
So what are we listening to? What are we exploring?
That really depends on the level of our awareness:
- Usually we start with listening to the remedies like they do in traditional homeopathic provings. Provings are about the remedies, aren’t they?
- But after some time we find the special interest in sensations (manifestations of Life, Yang, 0-90°). Sensations become our target. Remedies only help us to get to sensations (emotions and mental sphere including).
- Ability to work with life events and the sense of doing at a causal level 90°
- Different levels (homeopaths could call them “potencies“) of Stillness which is just the opposite to sensations (Yin) 90-360°
- And then we find the Totality, i.e. the Self that’s beyond any perception and does not belong to the circle (neither Yin, nor Yang) 0/360° (ok, the Self finds the Self, we have nothing to do here)
1. Learning how to sense
We’ll start with exploring the manifestations (Yang side). We’ll be listening to sensations. We’ll not read the books, but we’ll learn how to sense, actually. Together with our more experienced colleagues we’ll learn to recognize the sensations that are brought from deep within to the surface by our potentiated remedies.
We’ll start with pretty crude physical body sensations and then we’ll advance to the remaining 6 other levels: etheric, emotional, mental and we’ll end up in causal (representing situations happening in Life now).
Each of these bodies/levels has it’s own type of sensations. Body sensations, different kinds of “energies”, emotions, thoughts and situations feel like belonging to different realms, don’t they?
We’ll learn how to recognize the subtlest and strangest sensations: including the ones that have never been even considered to be put into repertories.
We’ll be learning to recognize them in ourselves, our colleagues and eventually in our patients. We’ll learn to experience the sensations of others as if they belong to us. That’s what listening and synchronizing are all about. Live experiencing surpasses all the books ever written on the subject.
Often that surprises us greatly: we’ve never thought such landscapes and kinds of sensations exist at all!
If you are an experienced homeopath, you may think we’re going to learn to recognize the sensations of our remedies. You may think that’s going to help us to prescribe them.
But actually, one of the most important skills is to learn recognize the landscapes. Look, there is no point in learning sensations. With each chronic patient these are going to be different. But landscapes of certain remedy sets do not change as much. Of course, here we’ll need as many different remedy sets as we can find.
Then we’ll learn to go through the remedies one by one – listening to the changes in that particular landscape them while testing. We’ll look for the remedy that induces the deepest and immediate impact on the whole landscape.
2. The Depth of Stillness
THE DEPTH becomes available through passiveness. Listening is passive, isn’t it? Is there anything you can do to facilitate listening? Do thinking, analysis or any kind of mental tension make your senses more acute? Does the awareness of the present moment depend on your effort?
Actually we’ll be learning to be still and listen. And that’s all. We follow the present interest and let the remedies to reveal what has been hidden. We learn to be guided. And that by itself reveals the depth that reaches far beyond our understanding.
BE STILL AND KNOW
Those days as I teach in various places, I see many people attempting to “be still and know”.
Their sincerity is very evident. Their understanding, however valid for them, is not what our teachers are pointing at when they said “be still and know.”
This phrase is part of a Hebrew chant, written by King David. The words “be still and know” are not human in origin.
“Be still and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth!”
God said, “Be still and know that I am God.” He was speaking to his beloved children. Stillness was created by God’s breath as he spoke and his presence overshadowed everything. This overshadowing is unexpected and the voice is being heard only by those who see God as the Beloved. When one is overshadowed, there is a profound sense of sanctification, purification, and of healing. One becomes a victim of love … centered by the Divine. Love drowns out the stillness. Immobilized by God’s will, one is still … because God has stilled them in a profound meeting of longing. God makes the opening that allows himself to be known.
Be still is “raphah” in Hebrew; it means to become or to let it drop … drop what? Drop your claims on knowing, your will, your self-centering. God gives us the neutrality and transparency and being to hear his voice. This is considered by the great masters to be almost final step in becoming. It i snot a flux of our will to “be still and know” held by our intention, it is a miraculous opening into the Mystery of the Divine.James Jealous, D.O. “An Osteopathic Odyssey” p. 57
After James Jealous’ words there is not much to say about stillness… And again, he says that “the true learning happens at the endpoints”.
Learning in spirals or circles?
It may seem learning happens in spirals. It’s how we learn brazilian jiu-jitsu in our martial arts club. We have one group for both beginners and experienced grapplers. We start with basic techniques in September and we end up with pretty advanced ones in May. Then summer is for more or less freestyle training sessions rolling with each other and/or exploring some extraordinary techniques just for fun. Then comes September and we are back to basics.
You know, it never feels like basics. Each September is full of discoveries – well, maybe little ones, but nevertheless important and sometimes even revolutionary.
Having trained for 20 years in such a manner I naturally adopt it to perceptual homeopathic studies. Each time I finish some cycle and come back to seemingly basic and simple remedies, something amazing happens.
For you it may be hard to believe, but after getting used to some highly sophisticated and amazingly subtle remedies by some extraordinary creators and manufacturers, simple formula remedies may be perceived as divine ones…
Also, if we learn to recognize some non-homeopathic remedies like Aura Soma, Bach flower essences, etc. – we inevitably bring these new “sensibilities” to Homeopathy. Without these Homeopathy is… poor.
So, yes, that may seems like travelling in spiral that’s never ending. But then something incredible starts to happen.
We realize sensations are not important at all in chronic cases. Well, they are important, but only as pointers to stillness. We start paying more and more attention to stillness up until we immerse ourselves into it completely.
Here the Totality happens from time to time: sensations disappear completely and no parts can be found. All you perceive is Totality. There is no doctor, no patient, not even “I” – just Awareness itself.
The spiral kind of cracks at these “endpoints”. Soon it continues, but the crack leaves tremendous impression on us. With practice these cracks become more and more consistent. James Jealous, D.O. calls them “endpoints” and tells that’s where the true learning happens. Well, by no means we can learn the Totality. But dissolving in it is the true Healing, that’s for sure.
The more of these happen, the less our path resembles the spiral: cracks happen more and more often and they become longer and longer.
Eventually it’s neither a circle nor a spiral. And then the very idea of travelling starts to crack…
Classical vs. Present Learning
The present way of learning Homeopathy is much more exciting and hundreds times more effective than anything else. That happens not through symptomatology, remedy pathogeneses and constitutional types.
Classical approach based on the symptomatology and studying remedy pathogeneses represent the Yang side of Homeopathy and is perfectly adequate for acute cases. If you plan to specialize in acute cases, e.g. you’re preparing to practice homeopathy in an emergency room at the hospital – classics is the way to go. (Legal issues and lack of residency programs where you are practically taught to handle conditions like pneumonia homeopathically make your dream pretty challenging to say the least.)
But what about chronic cases? Up until now there has been no systematic homeopathic training and practicing targeted for the chronic cases. Here the classical methodology starts to fall apart.
- Symptoms (manifestations, Yang) are not important in chronic cases (Yin). Here they are “the finger pointing to the Moon”. The finger is not so important: it could even be the stick or whatever. But what is the Moon in chronic cases? That’s the question! And the answer is strikingly different in each case. You can never learn it in advance.
- Constitutional types are fiction, so we are not going to take them seriously.
- We can’t learn remedies either. With each chronic patient remedies take different forms. Each time even the same remedy is experienced differently: they reveal different aspects, they are read differently and they lead to different outcomes. Knowing the remedy is always a prejudice in a chronic case.
Learning symptomatology is futile for dealing with chronic cases.
Acute and chronic cases require just the opposite approaches.
Usually we take therapeutic approach in acute cases. Learning to recognize acute diseases and matching them with similar remedies is ok. So if we learn, e.g. “influenza remedies” we take a group of remedies, we break them into stages. We start with the remedies for the onset of disease (Acon., Bell., etc.) – we study their symptoms, compare them and learn to differentiate. Then we follow to other stages and do the same.
We study the particular remedies: we learn to differentiate them, we learn usual transitions from one remedy to another, etc. Such Homeopathy seems fluent and clear and even rational. And you see, most of homeopaths agree on “influenza remedies” more or less.
But for the chronic cases classical methodology starts to fall apart. Numerous and ridiculously diverse approaches appear both to mention the controversial portraits. Not only there are different schools, but I can’t name two colleagues who practice Homeopathy in a similar way.
We have to go beyond symptomatology in chronic cases.
Symptoms are important in acute cases. As doctors we learn to recognize the disease, its stages and possible outcomes. It is ok to treat the diseases when they are acute. Acute cases call for “active” treatment (Yang).
Actually, up until now homeopaths achieved best results in chronic cases using non-homeopathic methods and techniques. They’ve been looking for something, that’s behind symptoms. Some call it “the meaning of the disease”. And today we have many methods and techniques for deciphering the body language/ symptoms.
But with Present Homeopathy a truly homeopathic approach becomes available. We learn to perceive by senses and recognize the landscapes of both
- bodies/levels: these are very systematic, hierarchic. But they are theoretical and we use them for communication mainly. They include all the phenomena we meet in life. We usually arrange the remedy sets according to these.
- remedy sets that are practical.
We also learn techniques: testing, bioresonance strategies, manufacturing and administering the remedies, etc. Techniques are of the utmost importance. They become even more important than remedies.
Someday listening becomes Listening.